Bachelor's Program

B.A. in Islamic Law and Theology

Zaytuna College has developed a unique curriculum for a Bachelor’s degree program, relying on varied pedagogical approaches, from selective memorization to critical analysis. The curriculum emphasizes key foundational texts; an in-depth examination of critical methodological issues; a command of the Arabic language; a familiarity with the most important Islamic sciences; and grounding in law, history, philosophy, science, astronomy, literature, ethics, and politics.

Our educational philosophy also reflects our belief that the ability of a student to become part of a living intellectual and spiritual tradition is enhanced by an ongoing involvement with an active community of believers as well as the larger, multi-religious world around them. As our students pursue their studies, they deliver lectures and sermons; they join partners of other faiths and perspectives in service; they provide counsel, especially for the youth of the community; and they are exposed to the full range of daily trials and triumphs that characterize modern society.

Graduation Requirements

Students need a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 to graduate from Zaytuna College and must have achieved a passing grade/evaluation in all the requirements listed here.

Units Official Record Notes
Completion of coursework 128 Transcript No more than one class per semester may be taken on a pass/fail basis.
Experiential learning 3 Transcript Requirements include discussion with Dean of Student Life and Experiential Learning; reflection paper.
Senior thesis 4 Transcript Requirements include advisor evaluation, approval, and comments; 35-40 pages (~8,000-10,000 words) in English, or 15-20 pages (~4,000-5,000 words) in Arabic.
Recitation of the Qur’ān (tajwīd) 1 Transcript Requirements include assessment by tajwīd instructor
Text: Al-Jazariyyah
Memorization of the Qur’ān
1 Transcript Requirements include assessment by tajwīd instructor for Juz’ 30; al- Baqarah 255; 285-286; Āl-i Imrān 190-200; al-Kahf 1-10; 101-110; Yā-Sīn; al-Wāqiah; al-Hashr 18-24


Curriculum Overview

All courses are three units, except where indicated. Classes not listed in the table are tajwīd (one unit), memorization (one unit), experiential learning (three units), and the fiqh enrichment section for female students (optional).

Year ONE Year TWO Year THREE Year FOUR
Fall SemesterFall SemesterFall SemesterFall Semester
• Arabic Grammar 1
(5 units)

• Islamic Law 1:
Purification and Prayer
• Freshman Seminar
• Creedal Theology
• Formal Logic
• Arabic Grammar and
Texts 1 (4 units)
• Qur’ānic Sciences
• Rise and Fall of
• Mathematics
(4 units with lab)
• Logic in the Islamic
• Arabic Text Study 1
• Islamic History
• The Soul & the Cosmos
• Islamic Legal
• Economics
• Senior Thesis: Research
Methods Seminar
(1 unit)
• Ethics
• Islamic Law: Family
• Islamic Law: Inheritance
• Comparative Theology
• Arabic Rhetoric and Literature
• Senior Thesis: Writing (1 unit)
Spring SemesterSpring SemesterSpring SemesterSpring Semester
• Arabic Grammar 2
(5 units)
• Islamic Law 2:
Alms, Fasting, and
• Introduction to the
• Rhetoric
• Prophetic Biography
• Arabic Grammar and
Texts 2 (4 units)
• Prophetic Tradition
• Material Logic
• History of Science
• Astronomy
(4 units with lab)
•Arabic Text Study 2
• History of the United States
• Natural Theology
• Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence
• Philosophy
• Senior Thesis: Research (1 unit)
• Politics
• Islamic Law: Commercial
• Constitutional Law
• Contemporary Muslim Thought
• Seminar in Advanced Arabic
• Senior Thesis: Completion (1 unit)